Strong winds forecast for Hawaiian islands over the weekend

John Momoa
John Momoa
Derek Wroe
Derek Wroe

By Leland Kim bio | email

LEEWARD OAHU (KHNL) - A year ago, strong winds toppled power poles in Waianae.

Although winds this weekend aren't predicted to be as powerful, folks on the Leeward Coast are bracing for a bumpy ride.

Winds were fairly mild in the early part of the day, but we started to see occasional wind gusts later in the day.

Some folks in Waianae are concerned about this weekend, and they're hoping it's not as bad as it was a year ago.

These trees give us a preview of what may be in store this weekend.

Winds are expected to pick up later today and through Saturday.

Waianae resident John Momoa said, "I'm kind of worried. This tree and stuff don't fall down. I don't know. I just can't do nothing about it".

Lead forecaster Derek Wroe predicts gusts of 40 to 50 miles an hour, saying "winds at that magnitude on the gust scale are capable of moving some trees around. So they are capable of taking down some small branches, and even some medium size limbs so it's always a good idea if you have limbs near your house or other property, that you trim back these, especially we see some dead branches. You always want to trim those away.

Momoa says he knows how to prepare for inclement weather living in Waianae all his life, and was here last year when powerful winds crippled the leeward coast. "Poles went down, traffic at standstill, and people couldn't get in and out. No electric. It was hard", says Momoa.

The National Weather Service says winds shouldn't be that severe this weekend, but predicts conditions to get stronger than what we're seeing now.

Wroe said "expect that to pick up a bit tomorrow and you can see wind gusts in the 40s and possibly 50 miles per hour at some of the windier locations."